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The Dream Team consists of: Alisha Coffey, Amberle Dalton, and (last but not least) Zoe Deloglos



Introduction:
"Cluster all these individuals together, as they sometimes were, with other miscellaeous ones to diversify the group, and, for the time being, it made the Custom House a stirring scene." (Hawthorne 272) During the Puritan era every town had what was called a "Custom House" where taxes were paied and he describes his accounts while working there and when he found the letter. When different groups of people would come through they would be clustered together and this is his description of what he saw. In The Scarlet Letter whenever people would enter into the new colony they would pass through or by the Custom House and everyone would see them.
"Doubtless, however, either of these stern and black-browed Puritans would have thought it a quite sufficient retribution for his sins, that, afer so long a lapse of years, the old trunk of the family tree, with so much venerable moss upon it, should have borne, as its topmost bough, an idler like myself." (Hawthorne 276)
In the blockbuster hit Legally Blonde a young woman is accused of killing her husband but will not reveal her alibi to any of her attorneys. Which leads them to assume she is automatically guilty. With later investigation they conclude that his daughter is guilty. The media around her led people to assume she was guilty becaue her late husband was many years older than her and they thought she had killed him to gain all the money in the will. This is similar to the quote because the Puritans were very strict and judgemental so most likely they would have thought that the wife was guilty also and life in prision and/or death would have been appropriate punishment.
"Prying futher in to the manuscript, I found the record of the other doings and sufferings of this singular woman, for most of which the reader s referred to the story entitled The Scarlet Letter, and it should be borne carefully in mind, that the main facts of that story are authorized and authenticated by the document of Mr. Surveyor Pue."
We believe that this quote will relate to the end of the novel because the entire story will relate back to the manuscript that was found.


Ch 1- The Prison Door
In the Scarlet Letter the prison door is referred to as “the black flower of a civilized society” (Hawthorne 2). Our main character, Hester Prynne is also looked upon as the “black flower” in her society because she became pregnant while her husband was absent, thus shaming herself, her husband, and her family.

Chapter 2- Donna Summer “Bad Girls”

Toot toot hey beep beep

Bad girls
talking about the sad girls
sad girls
talking about the bad girls, yeah

See them out on the street at night, walkin'
picking up on all kinds of strangers
if the price is right you can score
if you're pocket's nice
but you want a good time
you ask yourself, who they are?
like everybody else, they come from near and far

Bad girls
talking about the sad girls
sad girls
talking about the bad girls, yeah


Friday night and the strip is hot
sun's gone down and they're about to trot
spirit's high and they look hot
do you wanna get down
now don't you ask yourself, who they are?
like everybody else, they wanna be a star


Sad girls, sad girls
you such a dirty bad girl
beep beep uh, uh
you bad girl, you sad girl
you such a dirty bad girl

beep beep uh, uh

Now you and me, we are both the same
but you call yourself by different names
now you mama won't like it when she finds out
her girl is out at night


Toot toot hey beep beep

Hey mister, have you got a dime?
mister, do you want to spend some time, oh yeah
I got what you want
you got what I need
I'll be your baby
come and spend it on me
hey mister
I'll spend some time with you
with you, you're fine, with you
bad girls
they're just bad girls
talkin' about sad girls
sad girls
hey, hey mister
got a dime?


We see relate this song to the way people talk about "bad girls" that they see walking on the street. It also relates because these girls they are prostitutes and are committing adultery and Hester was considered, what would be a prostitute today.


Ch 3- The Recognition
1) Chillingsworth recognizes Hester- Roger Chillingsworth realizes who Hester is and what she has done. He begins to ask questions about her to the locals and does not reveal his true identity as Hester’s absent husband.
2) Hester recognizes her husband- While Hester Prynne is being punished on the scaffold, she notices her husband mixed in with the crowd. Hester immediately notices the “intelligence in his features” (Hawthorne 13) and the “the slight deformity of the figure” (Hawthorne 13) and begins to panic at the realization of who the newcomer is.
3) We(as the reader) recognize something off about Dimmesdale- Even though he (Dimmesdale) is delegated to find out who the father of Hester’s child is, after Hester refuses to answer, he does not continue to ask. This is a dramatic contrast to the norm of this era in which any and all sin is taken to the extreme. In this case Dimmesdale approaches this passively, which causes the reader to question his actions.



Ch 6- Pearl
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Pearl is a constant reminder of Hester's sin. The prosthetic leg on olympic runner, Oscar Pistorious, the artificial leg is a constant reminder of the accident that caused him to have his leg amputated. The prostethic leg and Pearl are both a reminder of a traumatic event that has affected Hester and the runner. The constant reminder of Pearl has altered Hester's life because of a mistake she made. The reminder will never go away for either the runner or Hester because both will forever be apart of their lives.

Ch. 7- The Governer's Hall
"Thou must gather thine own sunshine. I have none to give thee."
The overall conflict between Hester and Pearl is that Pearl is a reminder of the sin that Hester committed. There is an internal struggle
because she loves her daughter, yet she is always reminded of her sin. This causes her to never be able to overcome her sin, because Pearl is a major part of her life. Difficult life events, including divorce, financial problems or the death of a loved one can contribute to situational clinical depression. The sin of adultery and the birth of her daughter have triggered the cause of situational clinical depression. The major traumatic event has led to her clinical depression and leds to a new gloomy outlook on life.

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Ch 8- The Elf-Child and the Minister
While Hester Prynne is not the best, or even an adequate mother, she does need Pearl. Pearl is the balance in Hester’s life that keeps her from spinning out of control. In response to the question, “Is Hester an unfit mother?” no Hester is not a fit mother. Towards the end of the chapter the governor’s sister, Mistress Hibbins, invites Hester to a witches gathering in the forest, and the only reason which Hester refuses is because she has to watch after Pearl. Hester goes to say that if she didn’t have Pearl she would have “willingly gone… and signed [her] name in the Black Man’s (Satan) book” (Hawthorne 67). This clearly demonstrates the recklessness of Hester and that, in a sense Pearl is her saving grace.

Chapter 9 & 10- The Leech and His Patient
Mean Girls

The secretcy of the sin between Hester and Dimmesdale is revealed to Chillingsworth when he appears in the town. Chilingsworth is contanstly ridiculing Dimmesdale when they are working close together. He attaches himself to Dimmesdale no matter what he is doing just like Kady does with Regina in the movie
Mean Girls.

Chapter 11: The Interior of a Heart
"To the untrue man, the whole universe is false- it is palpable- it shrinks to nothing within his gasp. And he himself, in so far as he shows himself in a false light, becomes a shadow, or, indeed, ceases to exist." (Hawthorne)
After analyzing this quote from Chapter 11 of Scarlet Letter we believe that a current event that relates to this quote is the controversy with Tiger Woods. He also committed adultery and is currently facing the consequences with his family, supporters, friends and sponsors. He has lost control of his life and now the world is hard for him to grasp. People are also beginning to see him in a false light and to some they try to act as if he doesn't even exist.

Tiger Woods' Scandal


Chapter 13: Another View of Hester
The hearts of the puritans in Boston are softening. They begin to judge Hester on her actions, rather than the scarlet letter that she wears. Hester has allowed the hatred and scorn of the Puritans to harden her; she no longer shows that beautiful strength that she displayed at the beginning of the book. Rather, she shows a hardened, bitter strength. This picture shows how the rest of the world has moved on, but Hester has not. She has lost herself by defining herself by the scarlet letter.


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Chapter 18: A Flood of Sunshine
Dimmesdale, at the realization that his (in a sense) punishment, is over is a free man. He is renewed and overjoyed at the very thought of escaping his own personal hell. Hawthorne then refers to Dimmesdale as Arthur Dimmesdale because he is no longer a minister, but a father, and the love of Hester’s life. He isn’t some un-relatable, distant character, but a human who makes mistakes and feels emotion; which is a stark contrast to many of the elders present in the Puritan community.

Final Assignments:
Hawthorne chose for Hester to raise a daughter instead of a son because as a mother, Hester is a very strong woman who would love nothing more than to have a daughter that is just as strong as she is. Also, mothers and daughters usually have an unbreakable bond and between the two of them Hester and Pearl both share this. Although, it could be because Pearl (meaning great sacrifice) would not work as a boy's name.

We believe that although many sins were committed during The Scarlet Letter they were all equal. In God's eyes all sin is equal no matter if you're lying to everyone about who you are or if you've cheated on your husband with another man. Therefore, no one character committed the greatest sin.